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Monday, 5 June 2017

LIGHT! (Vib-gy-or) Final addition to Assembly-friendly songs - for now! Together with update on the ‘Sing of God and Science’ project.


This has to be the last Assembly-friendly, ‘Sing of God and Science’ song on my blog for the time being. These and more will hopefully be published later in 2017 in a book by the same name. See below the song for other news about the whole project.

Vib-gy-or, Vibgyor (sing to Jingle Bells)
Vib-gy-or, Vib-gy-or 
helps us memorise,
all the brilliant colours of Rainbows in the sky-y,
when the sun’s rays shine through
rain both hard and light:
hurrah! The colours all appear
in bows that bring delight.
Chorus (Chant)
Violet, indigo, blue and green,
yellow and orange and red;
these are the colours always seen  
when God’s light’s re-fract-ed.

Vib-gy-or, Vib-gy-or
helps us memorise
all the brilliant colours in
bubbles rising hi-igh;
when the sun’s rays shine through
soap and water spheres;
hurrah! The colours swirl around
the short-lived surface clear
Chorus

Vib-gy-or, Vib-gy-or
helps recall with fun 
all the brilliant colours in
spiders’ webs in sun;
when the sun’s rays shine through
gossamer so fine;
hurrah! The colours all appear
along their slender lines.
Chorus

You can listen to this song HERE
(You Tube https://youtu.be/bmv1iav-fAc)


Other songs in the ‘Sing of God and Science’ collection can be found HERE 

Sing of God and Science - Project Update
Those who have found any of the above collection useful, may be interested to know that the Ely diocesan project, generously supported by the ‘Scientists in Congregations’ (SiC) programme reached a significant milestone at the end of last month. Nine church primary schools in the Ely diocese presented original songs, written within their schools, at an all-day event against the backdrop of the current Science Festival in Ely Cathedral (also supported by the SiC programme). The 320 children who took part were a delight to work with and an illustration of their enthusiasm can be seen in the following You-Tube video made by a local TV station ’ That’s Cambridge TV’.

 The nine songs presented will now be put together with the songs in the ‘Assembly-friendly’ collection mentioned above and sent to the eighty church primary schools in the diocese. They will be invited to make their own videos to submit for posting to the upcoming ‘Sing of God and Science’ You-Tube channel which will be started by featuring the nine ‘Cathedral’ songs. They will also be asked to evaluate the sons prior to the publication of a larger collection (35 songs in all), hopefully published by a faith-based publishing house in the summer/autumn of this year. News of each of these steps will be posted here as they happen.
The nine participating schools at the Cathedral with their songs were 
Bourne: 'God's Masterplan'
Bury: 'Creation'
Anthony Curton/ Tilney: 'Sing it Loud'
Elm: 'Endless Love'
Buckden: 'How did I get here'
St Peter’s: 'Our Tiny Earth Revolving'
St Luke’s; 'And the Earth is Spinning'
St Botolphs, Orton Longueville:  'Power of Nature'

St Andrew’s Soham: 'I Believe
As Project Leader, I would like to thank the Headteachers and staff of the nine participating schools for a thoroughly enjoyable day and also thank the Headteacher and staff of 
Teversham and Burrough Green church schools for their very valuable earlier involvements in the project.
Trevor Thorn.
PS. In addition to all of this, we used this song in a Baptism/ all-age service at one of our local churches at the end of last month. The very familiarity with the tune enabled a congregation of regular and visiting worshippers that had never seen the song before to join in - some with apparent ease,







Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe
It is currently thought that the Universe has at least 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars! Hence the use of the word ‘scintilla’ for a mere ten thousand billion.

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)
Cross and Particle Accelerator. The words of 'A Prayer for Understanding' can be viewed by clicking on this image

Nebula (Embroidery)

Nebula (Embroidery)
Nebula (Embroidery) to accompany the poem 'Invitation' which can be found by clicking on the image.

Orange Galaxy

Orange Galaxy
'Orange Galaxy' posted to accompany 'Bounded and Boundless'. Go to the poem by clicking on the image.

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower
Cosmic Icon 7 - Summerflower Nebula (Acrylic)

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth
Cosmic Ikon 8: Moth Nebula(imagined-acrylic) The Gold field of deep space is intended to convey the Lordship of Christ over the whole of the Cosmos

Surprise garden rose (Photo)

Surprise garden rose (Photo)
This beautiful head of roses in our garden, which are giving off a delightful perfume in the morning sun, seems a fitting picture to link to the sonnet 'Evolution and Beauty'. Let the picture take you there. It is a surprise because it is growing high on a bush of otherwise pure yellow roses: amazing!

Cross and Vortex

Cross and Vortex
'Cross and Vortex' to accompany 'Stars and Planets Sing Your Glory'. Click on the image to go to the poem/hymn.

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)
Gaseous Cosmic Threads: Mixed media - acrylics and painted threads

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)
Warm Umbrian Hills: Click image to take you to the poem St Francis' Sky

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)
'Cosmic Labyrinth' - This icon is a symbol of the path through the near reaches of the Cosmos with its 'Havens' where current advances in science (2012/13) are celebrated. By clicking on the picture you will be taken to the latest version of the poem of the same name.

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)
Time, perhaps to consider a restorative break before the approach of Advent/ Christmas. Let this image take you to 'On Drawing Apart'.

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)
On the South shore of Iona is a bay which shows the industrial scarring of a beautiful place. Read of it by clicking on the picture

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)
The Imaginary Butterfly Nebula . Anything like this would be a real Curiosity! The image will link you to the reflection titled 'Curiosity' which is actually a celebration of the achievement of landing the Mars Rover of that name

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)
'Light of the world' posted to accompany 'To Light'. Find the poem by clicking on the image.

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)
Iona from Fionnphort. At this point of the Isle of Mull, the end of a pilgrimage or trip to Iona is in sight. Click on this picture to take you to the poem 'IONA - The Pilgrim Way'

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)
Cross and simple prayer rope: make one like this to use as an aid to using ‘The Jesus Prayer'